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Roast Rack Of Lamb

Historically, feasting on lamb was a traditional means of ushering in the spring season.  The natural breeding cycle of sheep produces lamb in the months of March and April; hence the term spring lamb.  This however, is an informal definition.A lamb is a sheep less than one year old.  A baby lamb is six to eight weeks old while a spring lamb is three to five months of age.  After a year it is referred to as a yearling and once it reaches its second birthday it becomes mutton.  As the sheep ages its meat will become darker colored, develop a stronger, gamier taste, and be... read more

What Is Sauerkraut

So you know how it tastes, but do you know anything else about Sauerkraut? What is Sauerkraut?Sauerkraut is cabbage that has been fermented in salt. Where did the word Sauerkraut come from? The word Sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” in German. Who invented Sauerkraut?Credit the Chinese for the creation of Sauerkraut more than 2,300 years ago. Originally it consisted of shredded cabbage that was pickled in wine. Workers building the Great Wall of China were among the first to enjoy it. Around the end of the 16th century, salt was used in place of wine in the fermentation... read more

Der Kuchen

It's 8:15 on a chilly November morning and I'm standing in a large empty kitchen stirring flour, yeast, and water in a small bowl and feeling a little stressed. I'm also thinking of my mother. She, of course, is not the reason I am feeling stressed; it's because of the busy day ahead of me. Though my mother has been gone for many years and the thought of her still comforts me. The recipe that I'm making—kuchen, or German coffee cake—is hers, and this is the reason I think of her at this moment.   Whenever I make this recipe I also cannot help but think of... read more

A Brief Tour of American Barbecue

  • by PeteModerator

Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, or Bar-B-Que, no matter how you spell it America has developed an insatiable appetite for the stuff.  Restaurants specialize in it, competitions abound, and backyard grill jockeys brag about their deftness at creating perfectly tender, spicy, smoked meats.  But with all this hullaballoo, I would bet that, if you asked the average person to describe barbecue the first thing they would mention is baby back ribs slathered with a sweet and spicy tomato based sauce.  While that certainly is barbecue, it is but one type of barbecue, and one that isn’t... read more

Tools Every Kitchen Needs The Essentials

Chefs get asked all kinds of questions. Recently, I received the following question: "Dear Chef Christopher-- I dream of being a great cook. What equipment should I have in my kitchen so that I can fulfill my dream? I want everything I need to be a great cook." For those who aspire to be the best cook they can be, having the proper kitchen equipment is paramount to maximizing success and limiting the frustration (you know, the kind you get when trying to whip egg whites with a fork and a small plastic bowl, or roast a turkey in a flimsy pan that's plainly too small--all... read more

Dry Brining

Dry Brining is about salting for flavor and moisture retention ahead of cooking instead of wet brining and the sort of diluted flavor some perceive from that technique.   This technique is best used on cuts of meat that have not been presalted, either with a salt solution, or koshering. You need to be in complete control of the amount of salt. You'll need to seek out minimally processed meat, poultry especially, for this technique. Generally speaking, poultry and lamb work best with this technique.   First, some definitions of terms, paraphrased or copied from... read more

How To Make Latkes Potato Pancakes

Written by: Jim Berman CCI Some time in early fall, I decided my long-term goal would be to open my deli. I grew up on deli food and miss it so - the soft, seeded-rye; stinky chopped chicken livers; the dew on the windows from the corned beefs… corning; the grease-glazed knishes; mountains of yellow potato salad. Delaware is not a haven for such gastronomical delights beyond chicken 'n dumplings and steamed crabs. My very indiscriminate love of good food was born of my experience with really good deli food. So, in seven years, I want to open a deli. I have never been... read more

Fish Descriptions Part I

ChefTalk.com would like to thank Chef Charles Weber of Riva Restaurant in Chicago, Il. for sharing some of his fast knowledge about fish. Recently Chef Weber put together a comprehensive document of fish descriptions for his wait staff to help educate them about the subject. At our last Chef's Journal we asked Chef Weber if he would share it with the ChefTalk community and he was more than happy to do so. The list is very comprehensive, in fact, the list is so comprehensive that we have broken it up into two parts. SEARCH TIP *(If you are looking for a particular... read more

Discovering The Deli Cole Slaw

Discovering the Deli: Cole Slaw   Some time in the fall, I decided my long-term goal would be to open my deli. I grew up on deli food and miss it so - the soft, seeded-rye; stinky chopped chicken livers; the dew on the windows from the corned beefs… corning; the grease-glazed knishes; mountains of yellow potato salad. Delaware is not a haven for such gastronomical delights beyond chicken ‘n dumplings and steamed crabs. My very indiscriminate love of good food was born of my experience with really good deli food. So, in seven years, I want to open a deli. I have... read more

Oysters Varieties

What's In A Name? The last five years has brought a large proliferation of Oysters to the market. Where as the menu of a few years ago was lucky to include the ubiquitous "Blue Point" the menus of today offer a range of oyster varieties. With the popularity of Oyster Bars, it is not unusual to see as many as 20 different oysters offered to the discriminating consumer. Oyster varieties such as the Quilcene,  Hog Island, Malpeque and Kumamoto have all but become house hold names and now even more recognizable to the under 30 crowd than the Beatles. But where do all these... read more

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